Veterans in Business Association


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The mission of the Rice Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) is two-fold. First, we will provide assistance to veterans transitioning from military service to student life at Rice University. Second, we will uphold our commitment to service by partnering with other student organizations, Rice Alumni, and the Houston business community to participate and sponsor in philanthropic events that benefit charitable veteran and military organizations.

  1. Provide transition support, leadership guidance, resume advice, and networking opportunities to all veterans attending Rice University.
  2. Raise money for charitable veteran and military service organizations.
  3. Provide an opportunity for all Rice students to network with veterans in business and to participate in fund raising efforts that support charitable veteran organizations.
  4. Build a strong academic, professional, and personal support network amongst Rice alumni and the veteran community at Rice University.
If you are a veteran interested in the Rice MBA program and have questions regarding admissions, living in Houston or transitioning from the military, please contact either Rob Mark at, Jeff Rosser at or Kyle Rojas at

Event Photos

VIBA with Secretary James A. Baker III
courtesy of the Baker Institute

VIBA with Governor Tom Ridge at the Rice Veterans Leadership Series

VIBA with author and Korean War Veteran James Salter 

Officers 2013-2014

Mike Freedman
Jordan Speaker
Vice President Treasurer/GI Bill Information
Chris Mersinger
Vice President
of Community Relations
Ray Dee
Vice President
of Events
Mike Tatz
Vice President
of Admissions
(Service Academy)
Nick Huynh
Vice President
of Admissions
(Enlisted, ROTC)
David DeFilippo
Vice President
of Career Management
Nick Huber
Vice President
of Professional Program

Military Scholars Program

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is proud to announce the launch of the Military Scholars Program. This program is the result of a group of generous community members who wanted to acknowledge, honor, and support those who proudly serve our country.

The Military Scholars Program will provide scholarships to cover tuition, fees, and expected living expenses for selected applicants who wish to pursue their educational dream of obtaining the Rice MBA degree.

We are grateful for those of you who serve in the military and encourage you to consider this opportunity. For more information about Rice MBA students with a background in the military, please visit

If you have questions about the Military Scholars Program, please contact Melissa Blakeslee, Executive Director of Admissions, at or 713-348-3197.

Application deadline, January 6, 2014
All veterans and active duty military applying to the Full Time Rice MBA Program by January 6, 2014 will be considered.

Veterans Benefits/Funding FAQs


Does the Jones School offer scholarships?
  • Yes. Merit based scholarships are potentially available to all applicants to the Full-time MBA program only and eligibility is determined through the admissions process regardless of citizenship or visa status – there is no separate scholarship application form.
What is the percentage of scholarship recipients and the amount?
  • In the current academic year, a substantial number of Full-time MBA students received some level of merit based scholarship.
  • Amounts range from 10% to full tuition.
  • The average scholarship award was approximately 50% of tuition.
Financial Aid

Does the Jones School participate in Federal Financial Aid?
  • Yes. Federal financial aid is available in the form of Federal Student Loans.
  • Students may borrow up to the full Cost of Attendance (tuition and fees + living expenses, etc.) less other funding (ie: scholarships).
How do I begin the Financial Aid process?
  • The first step in the Federal Financial Aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Loans ( Rice University’s FAFSA school code is 003604 – this code tells the Department of Education which school to send it to.
When will I know how much Financial Aid I will receive?
  • Your FAFSA will begin to be processed following your admission and submittal of your enrollment deposit, which is your confirmation that you will attend the program. FAFSAs are not processed prior to the enrollment deposit.
Are Grants available?
  • Unfortunately, as a general rule, institutional, State, or Federal grants are not available to graduate students in the MBA program.
Veteran’s Benefits

Does the Jones School participate in VA Benefit programs?
  • Yes. Students eligible for VA Benefits are certified through Rice University’s Office of the Registrar. Students who indicate military affiliation on their admissions application will receive information regarding the necessary forms, etc., following admission.
How much do VA students receive?
  • All current VA students are participating in the Post 911 GI Bill. For students at 100% eligibility, Post 911 is at $18,077.50 per academic year (academic year 2012-2013).
How is the remaining cost covered and do you participate in the Yellow Ribbon program?
  • The Yellow Ribbon program is a “cost sharing” program where the institution covers up to a certain portion of the remaining cost (tuition and fees) not covered by Post 911 and the Department of Veterans Affairs matches dollar-for-dollar. Students who are 100% eligible for Post 911, and who are not Active Duty, are also eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.
  • The Jones School will contribute up to $17,250 in Yellow Ribbon program funding to cover the costs not covered by the Post 911. The Jones School Yellow Ribbon program contribution is then matched dollar-for-dollar by the VA.
  • Example (general numbers and each student’s situation may differ):
    • Post 911 (100% eligibility): $18,077.50
    • Yellow Ribbon – Jones School contribution: $17,250.00
    • Yellow Ribbon – VA contribution: $17,250.00
      • Please note that the Jones School and the VA will contribute Yellow Ribbon up to 50% of the remaining tuition and fees after Post 911 is applied. In most cases, students will require less than the maximum $17,250 from each contributor.
May I use my Texas Hazlewood Act benefits at the Jones School?
  • Unfortunately, Hazlewood benefits may only be used at public institutions.
International Students

Is Federal Financial Aid available to international students?
  • Unfortunately, Federal Financial Aid is limited to US citizens and Permanent Residents (green card holders).
What resources are available to international students?
  • Scholarships: Jones School scholarships are potentially available to applicants to the Full-time MBA program regardless of citizenship or visa status. Eligibility is determined through the application process and, if awarded, you are notified through your admission letter.
  • Home-country Funding: International students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities in their respective home countries. This may be in the form of loans, governmental grants, and scholarships.
  • Domestic Student Loans: Student loans through a US lending institution are also an option several of our international students pursue. Lenders require that there is a US citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder) co-signer to guarantee the loan.

Is there someone at the Jones School I may contact for further information?
  • Yes, the Jones School has a dedicated Financial Aid Specialist:
    Salomon Medina